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Alpine Ale - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 134
Hads: 458
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 21.25%
Wants: 25
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2003

An Extra Pale Ale with a balanced malt and hop flavor. Moderate additions of Pacific Northwest Cascade and Centennial hops for a tangy, citrus flavor to complement the mild Carmel malt taste
Draft & 22 oz bottles.
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Reviews: 134 | Hads: 458
Photo of Trilogy31
3.01/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear brown with a dark orange tinge. Nice two finger head that sticks arouns awhile and leaves nice lacing. On the nose sweet malts and sugary spice with a hint of citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is sweet and somewhat flat with an offputting metallic taste at the end. Somewhat drinkable and you dont taste the alcohol but shouldnt anyway at this abv. No where near the quality of duet and not a beer i would bother drinking again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
1.32/5  rDev -64%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours a super clear pale orange color with a small 1 inch white head that fades to a small cap. Spotty ring lacing on the drink down. Smell is of herbal hops and dirty socks. I think there is something seriously wrong with this bottle. Taste is of bitter herbal hops and a musty funky nastiness. Beyond awful. Surprisingly well carbonated with a crisp and clean feel. Ok, there has to be something very very wrong with this particular bottle. I had my wife confirm to make sure my nose/palate weren't off. First thing she said: "Smells like dirty gym socks". Disappointing.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my keg.

A - Pretty, light honey, very clear, small white head leaves fast. Lots of thin, dripping lace.

S - Nice honest grainy malt, hops very much in the picture.

T - Malt doesn't step up to the hops to me. Hops are there and malt seems to be an after thought.

M - Carb is fine, on tap - Pretty clean finish. Wish a little more sweet malt to the bitter.

D - Very easy to drink.

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Photo of oreo
2.4/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured at the weekday tasting. Thanks to dvelcich for sharing this.

Watered down straw coloring with a full finger white head.

Very little going on in the nose, couldnt pick out much of anything. Some pale malts and a slight hop profile.

I have had a few alpine beers and they have all been good. This one fell way short im sorry to say. The first thing that came to mind was "where is the beer?" Very boring and bland. No hops and very light malts in this one. Sorry to say, it tasted like a better miller lite.

Very light mouthfeel, almost waterlike.

Highly drinkable, easy to drink, I just would not want to.

Sorry Alpine :|

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

To me this beer should be called a California Common.

Pours a very pale straw with finger white head.

The smell is weak and of mostly malt but some slight freshness from hops.

The taste isnt very overpowering and youll find yourself struggling to pick up on the flavors. You mainly get biscut from the might and a slight crispness from the carbonation and hops.

Its not a bad beer by any means just doesnt do much for me. An american session beer if you will.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of westcoastbeerlvr, thanks Craig! 22oz bottle.

It pours a clear golden color with a thick and rocky foam. The beer smells more like a Helles lager than a hoppy ale, maybe it's a little older than some of the bottles previous reviewers tried. Malty sweet and biscuity. Same with the taste, this is a malty and bready beer with a slightly bitter aftertaste, very much like a German standard. Luckily I like those German standards. Delicous, this bottle is disappearing fast.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3


Thanks Arthur.

A: Dark golden orange with a small head.

S: Hop bouquet is reminiscent of noble hops, almost German pilsner-like. Notes of lemon and fresh cut grass are apparent. Some floral aromatics. Not a typical pale ale. Light caramel.

T: Flavor also has pilsner characteristics, with lemon and earth. Caramel malt is light. There's a hint of pepper-like spiciness. Bitterness is low, but there isn't much sweetness either. Not much fruit, maybe a little orange.

M: Dry, crisp, clean. Lower medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: An oddity for this brewery. Not bad, but an atypical pale ale that is destroyed by hoppy birthday (same category) and put to shame by their other fine hoppy offerings. Anyway, thanks for the opportunity, friend...reminds me more of a German Pils than a Pale Ale.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Chilled bomber into a glass. Against my better judgment (getting tired of $8+ bombers), I bought this from K&L Wines. I haven't had it before, and I do love Alpine.

A: Pours a clear, golden yellow body with small washes of lace down the glass during sips. A moderate collar is left after the finger of foam recedes.

S: Orange, a touch of caramel. I'm surprised by how much lemon and grass I pick up in the nose; it almost reminds me of a Noble hop selection, and evokes memories of a pilsner I sipped over the weekend. I swear it reminds me of a pilsner-APA hybrid.

T: I can't shake that comparison in the taste, either. The lemon hop taste is quite distinctive, and it comes with a touch of cracked pepper. The dominant taste is actually orange rind with some grass. Almost no bitterness, or it's well masked by the light caramel malt.

M: Clean, drying finish that works well for this light-bodied beer. Good carbonation for the style. It's a little watery in the finish, which is a surprise from an otherwise-excellent brewery like Alpine.

D: This isn't as mindblowing as Hoppy Birthday; it fits more into the balanced APA spectrum. There, it's competing with the likes of Parking Violation, Moon Man, and a few others that I'd prefer to this one. It's very good, but $8 a bomber? I'm not likely to get it again.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

31st review on BA
Bottle to Stone Pint Glass

App- The epitome of gold. It looked like liquid gold in the glass. It has a one finger super carbonated head that lingered for quite a bit. Bubbles all over the glass with a very nice lacing pattern.

Smell- Very sweet with a floral hops character.

Taste- Mirros the smell. Very sweet up front with balanced flavors. I would about a 6.5/10 on the hop character. Has a bready malty taste to it as well.

Mouth- As I mentioned before its very balanced with the flavors, bite and crispness.

Drink- It's the 1st beer I have had from Alpine. Not bad. I look forward to the others.

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Photo of Douglas14
4.65/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this beer is incredible. It poured out a rich golden-yellow color with a killer white head that will not leaves. As the head subsides (after a long while) it leaves a complete layer coating the glass. The aroma and taste are classic American pale ale, but with a slightly less malt character...although there is a very nicealt character. The hop character is classic: citrusy American hops. Cascade and Centennial. Awesome. Great beer and easy drinking. Well done.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks for the cool extra in the recent math bif. another alpine i had never had an was thrilled to be able to knock off the list. served cold and poured into two pint glasses, this one was consumed on 09/11/2010.

really nice pour with a bright golden body and a really nice head of white that reaches about two fingers up the glass before settling back down and producing a light amount of lace on the side of the glass.

aroma is sweet up front with light touches of floral hops that seem to be muted, with only a light citrus touch that comes to the surface. flavor mirrors this as well as the sweet malty base seems to dominate and even provide a bit of a light fruit touch to an otherwise nominal flavor. light dry finish with a touch of bitterness.

overall it was ok, but really was not terribly crazy about this one. i have had much better from alpine.

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Photo of portia99
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle received in a great trade with chickencoop. Thanks! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a brilliantly clear orange tinted golden color with 2 fingers of fluffy, dense white foam. Head has great staying power too...when if falls a thick coating of spiderwebbed lacing is left b ehind on the glass.

S - A bit of a sweet malty base base up front with a medium intensity hop aroma made up of perfumey floral varieties. A hint of orangelike citrus creeps in too.

T - Biscuity and bready malt at the base, a bit of mild sweetness that is a bit caramelly. Medium hop bitterness without a lot of other hop flavors. Surprisingly light in complexity, just a light clean pale ale.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied. Carbonation is medium too. Crisp and tingly on the tongue with a lingering hop bitterness. Everything in balance.

D - Good, easy drinker. Nice beer overall, but nothing to get too excited about. Love the Alpine IPA varieties but this doesn't hold up to the greatness of those. Don't get me wrong, this is a pretty good beer, but it just doesn't seem to stand out at all. Glad to try this, but when I go for an APA, think I'll stick with the standby SNPA.

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Photo of ncfranklin
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a pint glass.

A : Pours a rich golden orange color with a half-finger frothy white head. Very solid lacing.

S : Rich malty notes with a small underlying piney hop. Think opposite of the hop dominance in an IPA.

T : Repeat of the smell, rich caramel and toasty malt with a small bitter crisp bite of pine.

M : Creamy, smooth, medium bodied.

D : Very drinkable. I'll have two.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The label admonished me to "Drink Alpine Ale or Go to Bed!"

I got two-plus fingers of French Vanilla-colored head with good retention when poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass. Color was a deep golden-yellow, not quite amber, with NE-quality clarity. Nose was both citrusy and slightly sweet at once. Mouthfeel was medium with a Goldilocks-like taste - not too bitter, not too sweet, just right, at least according to the label. I am less of an APA drinker than I am an IPA fan, but there was nothing wrong with this beer, per se. It was just a bit too mild for my taste. Finish continued the now-epic battle between sweet and bitter. It was too early to go to bed.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with a small, tight white head that leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.

Smells of bready malts with a some citrus hops.

Tastes of a dose of pale malts with piny and citrus hops. Pale malts are biscuity and bready with a grainy sweetness. Hops are plentiful and add the right amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium in body with a crisp amount of carbonation.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired thanks to FreightTrain.

Pours a nice pale golden color, with a very thin head, great clarity. The head sort of disappears quickly, leaving only a thin ring at the top. Looks about average. The smell is nice, slight floral hoppiness, a little burst of resins, leafs, with a little citrus fruitness; also a bit pungent. Also, you can smell the slightly bready, grainy malts behind it. Good smelling, and not far fetched for what I would expect of an APA. The taste comes out with a slight bitterness, balanced by the nice malt backbone. The resinous fruit comes up, reminding me of a bitter grapefruit. Not a lot of sweetness though to conjure of the fruitiness. Finishes a little dry and grassy. Pretty good. The mouthfeel is kind of a thin medium, with a nice lively carbonation, but not too much of a bite, with a resinous hoppy finish. I can definitely dig this. Could probably drink a few bombers and be set for the night. A pleasant beer that I would probably keep around if available, but won't necessarily blow you away. Maybe a little too bitter for the level of dryness for me, but still, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of craytonic
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very good, summer golden orange with an enormous overflowing head. Strong hoppy, citrus nose. Big bitter element. Not sure if I got a bad bottle or what, but way over-carbonated and a tad sour. Certainly plenty of hops for an APA though, that I could tell.

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Photo of JBogan
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear orange with only the slightest of haze. A one finger white head transforms into a thin film within linutes and leaves a moderate amount of lacing behind.

The smell consisted mainly of citrus hops, with some sweet malt to balance it out. There's also a floral quality in there. Overall, a really nice aroma to it.

Unfortunately the taste wasn't as pleasing as the smell. The hops were still there, but muted considerably by a bready chalkiness. It wasn't bad, however after what the aroma suggested it was a bit of a letdown.

A medium body is joined by a somewhat dry finish. Not quite enough carbonation for my liking, but still acceptable.

This is a nice pale ale, well rounded and easy to drink.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy orange with a nice head. Aroma was of citrus hops and a bit of pale malt. The taste was quite similar, with citrus hops as well as generic citrus flavor. Moderate mouthfeel with good carbonation. All around, a very drinkable and very, very well-made pale ale. When it comes to Alpine and hops, I'd expect nothing less.

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Photo of Lothore
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy orange color with a nice 1.5 finger head that fades to a nice amount of frothy lacing.

S- Light grainy aroma with undertones of orange zest and light fruit.

T- Deep and malty without being heavy, hints of citrus fruits that leads into a grapefruit bitterness.

M- Medium viscosity, soft carbonation.

D- This is a killer APA. Nothing too crazy going on here but I am digging the balance.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from TexIndy, Thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a clear deep golden bordering on amber with a two finger off white head that sticks around for a bit before impaling itself to the sides of the glass. Smells of citrus and caramel mostly, slight hint of bread and dark dried fruit in there as well. Taste is more malt than hop. Bready and caramel malts up front mixed with a bit of grapefruit midway and a lingering sweet malt finish that is semi dry. Medium to thin body, Resinous almost creamy mouthfeel. Medium level of carbonation. I enjoyed this one a bit. Great session ale.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Alpine Ale pours a clear, light golden color with a thin white foam.

S: The aroma is citrus hops and sweet, bready malt. I was expecting a bit more from an Alpine beer, but it's alright.

T: The taste is quite balanced. The beer has nice citrus and pine hop components, and a sweet malt character that takes over dominates most of the sip. The finish is crisp and bitter.

M: The body is medium and there is a moderate level of carbonation. Definitely fitting for the beer.

D: This is pretty much what I expect from a pale ale. A nice malt component and some hops to balance things out without being overly bitter. A solid beer, but it's a bit pricey for an APA bomber.

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Photo of Kaiser81
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass

A - pours a golden color with about 1cm of head leaving nice lacing on the glass. There is constant visible carbonation. The disipates fairly quickly leaving a small crown on the top of the beer

S - Soft notes all the way around. It has floral, pine, nuttiness, and a touch of malt. Very nice and balance

T - The tastes are more pronounced then the smells above. The floral and grapefruit notes come out the most, but much softer than that of, say, Sculpin. Very tasty.

M - Good amount of carbonation mixed with a light body

D - I could definitely have another, or two, of these beers

Good quality stuff; the first beer I've had from Alpine; definitely not the last.

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Photo of vacax
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich golden with one-inch white head. Retention is quite high, nice thick foam that leaves generous lace. Those nose is subdued compared to Alpine's other pale ales, but that does not mean this one is any slouch. There are a couple sharp hop notes, but not exceptionally aromatic ones. There is some pine, a bit of flora, and then just a bit of caramel malts to back it up.

The taste has a nice bitter floral hoppiness that comes immediately with a light sweetness. Pine and earthy hops appear in the finish. This is definitely a dialed back pale ale compared to Alpine's other offerings, but it is very balanced and tasty. There is just enough hops bite to it to satisfy, but still easy enough to session. It is bright and not loaded up with caramel, so for me this is a spot on pale ale. Medium bodied with a fine but medium-high level of carbonation. Just right. Recommended, but this is more of a style I would enjoy on draft or growler than in a six dollar bomber. Good pale ale!

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Photo of TexIndy
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought at the brewery during my SD trip and shipped back. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Was a clear golden yellow color with good carb streams. It had an average sized white head that settled into a good collar and thin film. Good amounts of sticky lace.

The aroma was pale malts, bready with some citric hops in the back. More malt than hops. The taste was good and again was malty and bready with moderate dose of hops to counter the malt. Good tasting but more on the malty than hoppy side for me. Mouthfeel was medium body and crisp with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a good APA that would be even better with a few more aromatic hops in it. Definitely worth trying if you can easily get some. Really liking this brewery right now and would put this in the middle of the pack of their beers. Rotation: not avail here - shipped back. Wouldn't ship anymore back but would have on tap or at the brewery during my next trip to SD. [O;BO]

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Alpine Ale from Alpine Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.